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October 2011 Issue:

Fall/Winter 2011

Find your garden style: 10 creative looks to inspire you; Butterfly iris, 2012's hot species; 10 favourite evergreens for every zone; Expert secrets for planting fall bulbs; Garden-healthy habits and more!

Table of Contents


6 From the Editor

12 Feedback
What you thinka bout what we do

81 Shopping Guide

82 Natural Selection
We love our native goldenrod


15 News
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

20 Stephen Speaks
Same time next year: Stephen's best-loved annuals of 2011

24 Profile
Butterfly iris: We predict that pretty Iris Spuria will top next year's best-dressed list

28 Garden Fitness
Fit to garden: Proper techniques for lifting, digging and raking


32 Dirty Work

Beginner, intermediate and advanced techniques for planting spring-blooming bulbs

38 Gardening 101
Killing softly with kindness: Frankie Flowers' plan to avoid pesticide

40 Inspiration
Great divide: How to create a garden with "rooms"


46 Unplanned Paradise
Some gardeners think ahead, Mary Gore let intuition be her guide

52 Found in Translation
A Victoria couple applies the principles of Japanese flower arranging to their steep hillside garden

66 Happening Upon Antiquity
What was once a large, flat green lawn now looks like the site of ancient ruins


33 Kitchen Gardener
Cold hands, warm bowls: Savoury soups to shake off the chill in the air

60 Up Close

Putting down roots: Trade flowers for foliage with a venerable evergreen that will last a lifetime

72 Kitchen Gardener
Feast for the senses: Fresh takes on traditional favourites make this year's Thanksgiving dinner a celebration of both harvest and home

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